Journal of Two Plague Years
Author: George W. Liebmann (Visiting Fellow 1996)
Publisher: Independently published
This is a collection of 70 op-ed pieces appearing in the Baltimore Sun, The American Conservative Online, the Washington Examiner, Chronicles Online, the Washington Times, and the Calvert Institute website in the two years beginning with the presidential election of 2020. It reflects the views of a writer discouraged by the indifference to constitutional values of former President Trump and the devotion to identity politics and moral nihilism of too many of his opponents. It includes articles on President Biden's proposals, voting rights, abortion, the minimum wage, conservation measures, New Urbanism proposals , drug and criminal justice policy, various Maryland political issues, and reflections on past political actors, including William Howard Taft and Felix Frankfurter.
It is a sequel to VOX CLAMANTIS IN DESERTO, a collection of 110 short 'op-ed' articles written over a 25-year period encompassing the Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and Trump administrations; included are a few longer pieces on welfare, reapportionment, Palestine, and civil rights 'consent decrees.' This collection is followed by 20 book reviews, including works by Gary Hart, Hillary Clinton, Gabriel Schoenfeld, Victor Klemperer, Donald Rumsfeld, Frank Costigliola, John Paton_Daiies, Constance Jordan, Richard Evans, and Jill Lepore and three longer essays on the original design of the United Nations, the Kennedy administration, and the after-effects of Naziism.
By the same author:
- The Last American Diplomat: John D. Negroponte and the Changing Face of US Diplomacy. "A detailed account of this remarkable career. [Liebmann's] book will be valued by all serious students of American foreign policy." -Times Literary Supplement
- Diplomacy between the Wars: Five Diplomats and the Shaping of the Modem World. "Liebmann's thesis will not be welcomed by thosewho give more than two cheers fqr democracy, believe that all international problems are capable of solution or think that international law and organisations are the answer to all the world's problems. He makes a powerful case for realistic and informed diplomacy guided by professionals." -Times Higher Education Supplement
- America's Political Inventors: The Lost Art of Legislation. "This book consists mostly of engaging vignettes of individuals who pioneered the development of largely successful schemes for the improvement of American life at the state and local levels ... This is an original, well-written, rewarding book meriting a wide readership." - CHOICE
- The Fall of the House of Speyer: The Story of a Banking Dynasty. "A solid work of financial and social history ... Mr. Liebmann has done a service by bringing the history of an important, but almost forgotten, banking family to notice." - Wall Street Joumal